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Clifton Public Library - Allwood Branch

44 Lyall Road

In January 1921 the Clifton Free Public Library opened in a storefront on Main Avenue between Clifton and Madison Avenues with 440 books. It moved several times in its early years -- first in 1929 to Union Avenue over the Clifton Post Office, then in 1938 to Clifton Avenue near Main Avenue, and then in 1943 to a converted Victorian house at 99 First Street.

By 1950 the Library held nearly 33,000 volumes. In December of that year, a traveling branch library service was inaugurated. In 1969 the Bookmobile was servicing seventeen community stops and nine schools during the winter months, plus the city’s playgrounds during the summer.

To meet the needs of the city’s expanding post-war population, a new home was planned for the Library. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held at Piaget Avenue and Third Street in April 1952 and the building opened later that year. When the dedication ceremony was held in January of 1953, the Library was named The Clifton Memorial Library in honor of Clifton’s war dead.

Groundbreaking for a branch library in the Allwood section of Clifton took place in 1969. The Allwood Women’s Club had started the Branch in the late 1930s with a donation of 250 books housed in Public School Number 9. This section of the city finally got its own library building when the Allwood Library was dedicated in May of 1970.

By the late 1980s it was obvious the Main Memorial Library had outgrown its space. The decision was made to build a new building rather than expand. The current Clifton Memorial Library, built adjacent to the original building, was dedicated in May 1991. The Library is located on the edge of tree-filled Main Memorial Park. Three sculptures by artist Leon Gerst stand on the library grounds. In 2000 a memorial “Garden of Thanks” was added near the front entrance in memory of Theresa “Terri” Wenger, long time library supporter and benefactor.


Aditya Gupta

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Really nice library, I go there to basically study. Best part is they have ample parking, good quite study areas and wifi. They also have a separate quite study room!

Jenny Walker

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
i'd give it 2 1/2 stars for the lack of strict librarians when it comes to the noise, but otherwise its a nice decent sized library, but its just too NOISY inside! I think the only time I've ever experienced it quiet, is when they're nearing closing time. In my hometown the librarians were so strict about noise that if you made any loud noises you'd either get yelled at or kicked out of the library. I'd love to enjoy a nice quiet place to do my work until I can get internet in my new house. the only thing I like about this library is the fact that their tables have outlets for your labtop charger and a USB charger for your phone.

Carina Moreno

Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017
New library "looks" good but is not as functional as the old one. Books are not labeled by category, so good luck finding what you need. Sofa chairs are uncomfortable. Working tables are too close to the entrance so there's no privacy for working. Children's area is nice but librarian is not too friendly with the kids. Also, for the amount of money spent on renovating the children's room, there should be classes and activities for them (very limited calendar of activities). In addition, library cards expire every year, so every year, you need to go back with ID/proof of address, etc. Librarians and staff seem inflexible..and they are pretty loud. If you want a quiet place to work, this is not it, unless you go into the quiet room in the back! Overall, renovations and new library is a big let down.

Eli Stein

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Would be no stars if that was an option:( horrible experience!! brought my severely disabled son many times there. He requires 24/7 nursing care and we have no nurse right now. It took us 3 hours to get out of the house. I have a problem with my library card so I've used my husband's many times. Yesterday was there with my son and my 4 year old. We spent a lot of time picking books only to be told by two really mean librarians that we can't take out books with his card!! Not only that but the brand new library is not handicapped accessible! Maybe they should have spent some of the money on putting in automatic doors and not adding two heavy doors to the children's section. :( Disgusting

Gershon Ackerman

Friday, May 26, 2017
Just redone, very nice. Spacious and a great quiet room.

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